In today’s hyper-connected world, analysis has become a mere commodity. Retrieving it – let alone information – is like drinking from a fire hydrant. For example, Googling “global economic growth" yields 61 million results; “Eurozone deflation”, 1 million; “tensions in south-east Asia”, 2 million, and so on... It should therefore come as no surprise that we get easily lost in this myriad of information and analysis.

In the face of analysis overload, it becomes invaluable to sift, select and frame the issues and opinions that matter. This is why The Monthly Barometer came up with a Weekly Selection of op-eds and articles. Each week, we select just five of them (out of hundreds that are sent to us by our network) that we frame in two or three sentences. These five pieces convey in a succinct and accessible manner the thinking of people whose opinions matter the most in a variety of macro fields: economics, geopolitics, society, environment, technology and psychology. They constitute a “formidable” shortcut to complex analysis by offering insights and snapshots that can be read in just a few minutes and are easy to digest. For those keen to make sense of today’s world, The Weekly Selections are a must-read. They constitute the best antidote to information and analysis overload.

As a new service, The Monthly Barometer is now offering to its subscribers, and a potentially much larger group, a curation of all The Weekly Selections. On any given macro issue, it will be possible to access the best thinking at the tap of key.  This service should therefore be of particular interest to researchers and students enabling them as it does to grasp with ease “who said what and when”.

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  • GEOPOLITICS, Conflicts, US

    Philip Gordon, "A Vision of Trump at War"

    Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 22 Mar 2017

    The think-tanker and former diplomat explains how the US President could stumble into conflict. There is a risk that his erratic style and confrontational policies could cause miscalculations and turn out far worse than expected. Gordon examines in detail the most likely cases where this might happen: Iran, China, and North Korea (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 24 March 2017


  • GEOPOLITICS, Europe

    Michael Crowley, "The Man Who Wants to Unmake the West"

    Politico Magazine - 31 Mar 2017

    Europeans are starting to worry that Steve Bannon (Trump’s strategist and “eminence grise”) has the EU in his line of fire. He finds the EU “abhorrent” and has claimed on several occasions his intent to restore lost “sovereignty” on the continent. This well-researched article explains how the White House could indeed contribute to dismantling the EU (reads in 5-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 17 March 2017


  • GEOPOLITICS, The Middle East

    Nicholas Borroz and Brendan Meigan, "Saudi Arabia's Failed Oil War"

    Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 13 Mar 2017

    The two experts explain in plain and simple terms why the days of Saudi Arabia’s oil market dominance are over. US producers are now far ahead of the competition, having become the epicenter of technological innovation in horizontal drilling and fracturing. The challenges facing the Kingdom are immense, with tremendous economic and geopolitical global ramifications (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 17 March 2017


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